If you’re still not sure what to make, but you really want to sew, try using felt.
- It’s easy to use
- If you’re not confident with stitching, you can just use glue
- You can make almost anything with it
- It’s relatively stiff, and doesn’t fray
- It easy to cut, align and stitch
- You can use very small pieces to add embelishments
- You can draw straight onto it
- There are a huge number of free felty patterns online
Where can you get felt?
You can find felt at most craft stores, including some $2 stores. Generally I go to Spotlight, or online places like Craft Co., and Trendy Trims. Some Etsy stores have an amazing range of colours and thicknesses.
Embellishments are also easily found at $2 shops and craft stores – embroidery floss, buttons and braid all work well.
What can I make with felt?
Anything you like!
No really! You’re only limited by your imagination and the amount of felt you own.
Here’s a quick project that might be a fun place to start.
Crafting a Felty Friend
You will need:
- Enough felt to cut out the template twice
- A small piece of white & a small piece of black felt (OR two small buttons)
- Embroidery floss of any colour (the same colour as your felt, a contrasting or complementary colour).
- Sharp scissors
- A marker (something that will show up on your felt)
- Fabric glue
- A small amount of wadding/stuffing
- A couple of pins
- A needle
What to do:
- Download and print the Felty Friend Template (or draw your own design! Post a picture of your finished product)
- Cut out the main shape and position it on your felt so you have room to cut out two copies.
- Draw around the template once, turn the it over, find an empty space and draw around it again.
- Cut the shapes out.
- Turn one piece over so that the side that you have drawn on is facing down.
- Cut out two small circles of white felt, and two tiny circles of black OR choose two buttons to sew on for eyes.
- Use fabric glue to stick the eyes on OR sew the buttons on.
- Below the eyes, a few small stitches create a nose, and use backstitch to create a mouth or any other embellishments (eyelashes, scars…)
- Pin the two shapes together (drawn sides facing)
- Sew the pieces together using blanket stitch. If you don’t want to sew, just glue them together to make a flat friend.
- Leave a small gap between A & B to push the stuffing through (don’t tie off your thread yet!)
- Push stuffing into your shape until it is evenly filled (as full as you like). A skewer can help push the stuffing right into the points.
- Backstitch across the gap & tie off your thread.
- Well done! You’ve made your first Felty – now try creating your own design!